The role of vulvar skin biopsy in the evaluation of chronic vulvar pain

Anneli R. Bowen*, Amber Vester, Lily Marsden, Scott R. Florell, Howard Sharp, Paul Summers

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Sixty-one percent of refractory vulvodynia patients evaluated in a tertiary care vulvovaginal clinic had clinically relevant dermatoses based on dermatopathologist-analyzed vulvar biopsy including: lichen sclerosus, allergic/irritant dermatitis, lichen planus, and other inflammatory or neoplastic dermatoses. Given the frequency of dermatologic disease, vulvar biopsy and analysis by a dermatopathologist are recommended in patients with vulvodynia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467.e1-467.e6
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Volume199
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

Keywords

  • dermatopathology
  • lichen planus
  • lichen sclerosus
  • pathology
  • vulvodynia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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